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US DOE selects two carbon capture projects to receive additional funding

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has selected two projects to receive approximately US$4 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D for the safe storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in geologic formations.

The selected projects are supported through funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001725, Technology Development to Ensure Environmentally Sustainable CO2 Injection Operations. This FOA focuses on developing modelling and monitoring methods, technologies, and tools that help assess the position of CO2 plume over time within various geologic formations and sedimentary environments.

The DOE’s Carbon Storage Program advances the development and validation of technologies that enable safe, cost-effective, and permanent geologic storage of CO2. The projects will support the program by increasing understanding of subsurface behaviour and by enabling scientists to more precisely assess CO2 plumes to verify their conformity, stability, and containment. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects, which are described below.

  • Integration of Seismic-Pressure-Petrophysics Inversion of Continuous Active-Source Seismic Monitoring Data for Monitoring and Quantifying CO2 Plume—The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA) will develop algorithms to process data obtained through continuous active-source seismic monitoring to provide an accurate map of a CO2 plume over time. The project will culminate with a laboratory test of the algorithms in a controlled subsurface experiment. DOE Funding: US$2 016 033; Non-DOE Funding: US$514 415; Total Value: US$2 530 448.
  • Joint Inversion of Time-Lapse Seismic Data—The University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND) will develop and apply two modelling and monitoring tools to address shortcomings of existing plume-mapping techniques. Successful application of the tools will help extract more information from existing data; improve methods for detecting, assessing, and forecasting changes in CO2 saturation over time; inform cost-effective operational and monitoring decisions; and improve the ability to delineate the extent and location of CO2 in the subsurface. DOE Funding: US$1 831 910; Non-DOE Funding: US$557 550; Total Value: US$2 389 460.

The Office of Fossil Energy funds R&D projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of the Nation’s fossil resources.

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